You Love Klaus Voormann, Trust Us!

If you’ve never heard of Klaus Voormann, then you need someone to kick some history into your ass. Or, you know, something less profoundly disturbing. Voormann, (who celebrates his 65th birthday this week), is a constant player in rock music, bouncing around and touching various classic moments like a non-mentally deficient Forrest Gump. Here’s a hearty list of factoids:

  1. Voormann met and befriended the young Beatles during their Hamburg days. This was back when the group still included Stuart Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe, incidentally, was intrigued by Voormann and his friends. John Lennon couldn’t have cared less. Lennon would eventually warm up to Voormann, however, as would the rest of the group.
  2. Upon moving from Hamburg to London, Voormann was invited by George Harrison and Ringo Starr to share their flat. The apartment was formerly shared by all four Beatles, but John Lennon moved out to be with his first wife Cynthia and Paul McCartney left to live with his girlfriend Jane Asher.
  3. Voormann returned to Hamburg for a time, but was asked by John Lennon to design the cover for the Revolver LP.  I don’t feel like I need to post the picture. It’s pretty famous.
  4. Around the same time, Voormann joined Manfred Mann’s band. You know the classic song “Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)?” Yeah, that’s him playing flute and bass.
  5. Voormann continued to work as a session player with artists such as Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson and Carly Simon.
  6. In 1971, Voormann played bass on George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh.
  7. He also essentially replaced Paul McCartney in a series of almost-Beatles reunions on Lennon’s various solo albums.
  8. By the way, he also played bass on Lennon’s “Instant Karma!”
  9. Voormann had a cameo in Robert Altman’s 1980 film version of Popeye.
  10. Finally, he produced the massive hit “Da da da,” by the German band Trio in 1982.

Not bad for a guy that’s still alive! Happy birthday, Klaus!

Photo by Photographer Ron Kroon (ANEFO) (GaHetNa (Nationaal Archief, NL)) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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One comment to “You Love Klaus Voormann, Trust Us!”
  1. The Beatles never would have turned out the way they did if they had never met Klaus and Astrid in Hamburg. They introduced the Beatles to the avant-garde, planted that seed in the young yobs from Liverpool. Plus, they gave the Beatles those goofy haircuts.

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